[Item #6025] The Floating Bear No. 31 (1965). Diane di Prima, Alan Marlowe, Robert Duncan, LeRoi Jones, John Wieners.
The Floating Bear No. 31 (1965)
The Floating Bear No. 31 (1965)

The Floating Bear No. 31 (1965)

New York, NY: The Floating Bear, 1965. First Printing. Diane di Prima (1934-2020) founded the semi-monthly journal "The Floating Bear," with LeRoi Jones (1934-2014), in 1961 in New York, publishing 16 issues in its first year and leading to the arrest of Jones for distributing obscene materials through the mail. Jones' play "The System of Dante's Hell" and William S. Burroughs' "The Routine" in issue No. 9 were the subject of the complaints. The magazine was only distributed to its mailing list, but it was unfortunately intercepted when one of these subscribers was confined to a reformatory. The magazine became monthly at the end of 1963 and then quarterly starting with this issue in 1965. Jones was not listed as editor starting with issue 27, and di Prima's husband, Alan Marlowe was the first guest editor, contributing to this issue. Issue No. 31 opens with "Great Prajna Paramita Sutra," written in English, Chinese characters, and phonetic Chinese and uncredited though deemed "for the memory of Shinsanshiki / Zen Center." The issue then focuses on highlighting the Beat poet John Wieners (1934-2002). Three poems entitled "Procrastination" echo one another with slight variations, like verses of a song. Two were previously published versions, and the third was a manuscript intended to be read in September of 1964, according to the editors' notes. "Night Boat to Cairo" and "The Mole Proposes Solitude" follow, also by Wieners. Finally, "Song Lyric for 'Shooting the President'" was written for a musical commissioned by the American Theatre for Poets (Diane di Prima's 1961 creation), scrapped after the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The issue closes with Robert Duncan's "NOTES from a reading at the Poetry Center, San Francisco, March 1, 1959" (Bertholf, C167, pg 175). From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), the noted American Mimeograph-Revolutionary poet, co-founder with John Sinclair of the Detroit Artists' Workshop, & our good friend. This issue of The Floating Bear is addressed to Eichele's previous address in Detroit, MI, handwritten on the back cover in thin black ink. Stapled Sheets: First Printing. In relatively Near Fine condition with staples intact, though the front cover is torn around the lower staple and thus hangs loosely; moderate browning to edges of pages; moderate bumping to the fine edges and corners of sheets. All pages present, though unpaginated. Near Fine. [Item #6025]

Price: $150.00